Hawick Linden RFC enjoyed another first-class annual dinner in the Volunteer Park clubrooms on Friday evening.
After grace from past-president Norman Turnbull and a lovely meal courtesy of Moira Black and her helpers, the large turnout of members and guests sat back to an evening of entertainment.
The toast to the club was given by Hawick Trades president David Oliver, who recalled past encounters between the great rivals in a well-researched and humorous speech.
Captain Graham Colville gave a brief response before the toast to rugby was given by Ian Barr of Lasswade RFC, who did exceptionally well when his excellent speech had to be halted for 25 minutes after one of the guests collapsed and an ambulance was called. Fortunately, fellow guest Dr Ross Cameron of Hawick RFC was on hand to lend assistance and the situation proved not as serious as was initially feared, allowing the Scottish Rugby Council member to continue where he had left off.
The Guests were proposed by Billy Young of Langholm RFC who continued the high standard and had the audience in stitches with his endless stories told in his distinctive Langholm tongue.
The evening was ably chaired by president John Tait, with Alan Stirling giving the Vote of Thanks. Ronnie Tait – father of president John – and Graeme Robertson were in fine voice with the latter’s impression of the late and much-loved Viv Sharp singing I’m Stone in Love With You going down particularly well.
Captain Graham Colville, top try scorer for the season with 17, was awarded the club player of the year trophy and the players’ player of the year went to Kirk Ford, who appeared in all 24 games and was top points scorer with 216.
The MacKinnon Trophy for the club person of the year was won by hard-working team manager Davy Gray.